Since it was International Mangrove Day last Tuesday, July 26, I wrote a poem in honor of this guardian of the ecosystem. They need to be propagated and preserved as it is a vanishing species.
Protecting, shading, enveloping
You always fascinated me,
A guardian of sanctuary to behold.
You add beauty and warmth to
This otherwise boring place.
You shed mankind from flood and disaster
You are their fortress against the storm
Keep us all safe and unharmed
By the wings of your branches
And your roots that holds the earth.
Note: Bakhawan is mangrove in Akeanon dialect.